Assistant Practitioner Programme

West London NHS Trust is offering our healthcare assistants exciting opportunities to develop their learning and progress their careers.

As part of the Bands 2 to 4 Development Pathway the Trust has commissioned the University of West London to deliver a programme to support and prepare HCAs with the skills needed to progress in their careers and access further information.

Two module programme

Module 1: Developing Confidence in Mental Health Practice
Module 2: Developing Knowledge for the Delivery of Effective Care in Mental Health Practice
The programme will run over 10 study days and will;

  • Explore the role of the multidisciplinary team and collaborative working with service users
  • Develop introductory knowledge of anatomy and physiology in relation to mental health, across the lifespan, from prevention to recovery.
  • Develop skills required for safe and effective assessment of the service user’s mental and physical health, risk management and record keeping
  • Enhance knowledge of the mental health law and ethics applicable to current mental health practice
  • Develop knowledge of mental health conditions

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Ali Webster“This really is exciting times for our healthcare assistant workforce. Our bands 2 and 3 deliver a high proportion of our direct patient care, so it is vital that they are supported. We have some incredibly talented HCAs in our trust, and it’s important to provide them with development opportunities so their full potential can be realised.” Ali Webster, Assistant director of learning and development